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Upper St. Peter’s Parish

February 16, 2020

Ah, the book.

It’s “Upper St. Peter’s Parish and Environs”, by Thomas Oregon Lawton. He is deceased now, and the book is out of print. However, his son gave me permission to put a section here on the blog.

It’s an important section that has answers for some folks. Mr. Lawton gathered documents that had information linking slaves and slave holders. He seemed to think it was important to save this for posterity. At the time, people wondered why he was intent on saving information relevant to a painful time in our country’s history. Why, Thomas? Why?

Why? Truth is persistent, in spite of facts being difficult things.


I get frequent requests for information from those doing slavery research. I love a puzzle, and I get satisfaction linking people with places. The advent of dna testing links us to people and places that we didn’t expect.

And I’m a better person because of it.